Rules & Regulations

General By-Laws (Click To Collapse)

Salaamun Alaykum,

This Sports festival is designed to enhance the spirit of unity among participants and therefore participants shall ensure that the sports are played in a competitive but fair manner, in adherence to the rules and regulations stipulated and in a manner that fosters brotherhood and respect.

Participants shall remember that they are first and foremost Muslims and also ambassadors of their respective Jamaat, therefore in light of this, everyone is urged to act in a manner that befits and adheres to all the tenets and principles of Islam.

Participants of these games MUST be followers of Shia Ithna’ Asheri (Jaffari) faith.

Indiscipline or inappropriate conduct, abuse either verbally or physically, whether on the field or outside, shall not be tolerated in any way throughout the duration of the games. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to suspend or disqualify any participant/team, guilty of such behavior, from the games.

Any and All communication with the officials/referees should be carried out by the respective captains only and the decision of the official/referee is final.

The following sports will be played as Team or Individual for Gents (Volleyball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Badminton and Table-Tennis); for Ladies (Volleyball and Badminton) and participants are restricted to a maximum of TWO sports.

For those participants engaged in more than one sport, in the event of a fixture clash between the sports, the participant shall have to make a decision on which sport he/she will participate in.

Participants will ensure that they keep the premises clean and free of any litter. Under no circumstances should garbage be left in any area.

Smoking including E-cigarettes is strictly prohibited in and around the sports premises except in designated smoking areas. Please do not throw cigarette butts except in ashtrays provided at the designated area.

Lunch and Dinner shall be provided to all participants.

Participants shall wear respectable attire in and around the sports premises.

Each sport will have its own Rules and Regulations along with the schedule and format, and participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the various by-laws and timings.

The Organizing Committee shall NOT be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage to property and/ or persons during the course of the festival. All teams and individuals will participate at their own risk.

These Rules and regulations are subject to change at any time. Any changes shall be reflected in this document which will be posted online.

In case of any confusion or misunderstanding, the Organizing Committee shall have the final authority to make a decision on the Rules.

All teams and participants are welcome to reach out to any of the host committee for additional information by emailing info@sunshinesportsfestival.com as well as following us on Social Media

www.facebook.com/ssforlando | www.twitter.com/ssforlando16

We look forward to welcoming you to the Sunshine state in December 2016.

With Duas,

Festival Committee
www.sunshinesportsfestival.com

Mens Volleyball

All players must adhere to the rules stated under General Rules and to the disclaimer stated in the Waiver Form.

Ten (10) players allowed per team on court with minimum 4 players per team to start the game.

One (1) minute grace period from starting time, failure to be on time may result in a win for the opposite team.

Captain winning the toss will have the right to choose either service or the side of the ground.

Crossing the net or touching the net is a foul.

Ball hitting the net poles is considered OUT.

No third ball spiking allowed under any circumstances.

Service on the line is IN

Serviceman can enter the court only after the ball has crossed the net.

There will be a penalty of one (1) point for any team that does not turn up for their allocated time of refereeing. One referee and at least two (2) linesmen are required.

One timeout per game per team. Each timeout will be of one (1) minute only.

In case of a tie, the team holding the serve is the winner.

Punching ball not allowed no matter your position on team.

For time limit if expires while ball is in air point must be played out winning team holding service will be declared the winner.

Ball pressure will be set to 12psi.

Only registered volleyball players will be allowed to participate in the tournament.

Referee's decision is final on the court.

All communications with the referee to be carried out by the respective captains.

All final decisions to be made by Sunshine Sports Festival coordinators/officials on any matters overall during the duration of the tournament.

Soccer

  • Code of Conduct
  • All venues used for Sunshine Sports Festival will be designated as smoke-free. Participants/spectators are not permitted to use tobacco, electronic cigarettes or hookah/sheesha in these areas. Any violations can results in suspension from the tournament for participants and spectators.

    It is understood that any breach of the player and manager/coach code of conduct will be examined and reviewed by the conflict resolution committee and action taken accordingly.

  • Medical Coverage
  • It is the sole responsibility of all tournament players, managers/coaches regardless of age to ensure that all appropriate travel and medical insurance is purchased. Sunshine Sports Festival will not be liable for any player injuries and health conditions whatsoever.

  • Age,Participants and Format Criteria
  • Age: 16+ | 9-Aside Maximum | 7-Aside Minimum | 16 Player Ateam Maximum

    All players participating in a tournament category lower than age requirement, a parent waiver form is required at the time of check-in.

    Teams with less than the minimum players required will be disqualified. There will be no refunds accommodated for such cases.

    The minimum number of players is also applicable during the tournament for purposes of determining forfeit.

  • Registrations
  • All team and player registrations must be completed via the Sunshine Sports Festival website (http://sunshinesportsfestival.com/).

    All registrations, including waiver forms, must be submitted through the online registration forms on our website: http://sunshinesportsfestival.com/. Failure to submit all "required" fields in the registration forms can result in disqualification of team or player.

    In the event duplicate registrations are submitted, the latest (most recent) version will be used as the final registration.

  • Inclement Weather
  • In the event of severe inclement weather (i.e. extreme thunder showers, lightning, hail etc.) at the referee’s sole discretion, a stoppage of play may be called as per safety regulations in the hosting city. Any necessary changes to the format and schedule of play will be settled solely at the discretion of the Conflict Resolution Committee and Sunshine Sports Festival.

  • Game Lenght
  • All round robin games are 40 minutes long, 20 minutes a half with a 5 minute half-time break. Knockout, semis and finals are 50 minutes long, 25 minutes a half with 5 minutes half-time break.

    Any additional stoppage time will be added at the referee’s discretion.

  • Scoring & Tie-Breaker
  • Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a defeat.

    If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group/league matches, the following criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:

  • Goal difference
  • Number of goals scored
  • Lower number of yellow cards and red cards received (equivalent to two yellow cards) among the teams in question
  • if, after applying criteria above to the teams in question, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, penalty shoot-outs will be held to settle the tie.
  • For all knockout stages, in case of a tie at the end of regulation time, penalty shoot-outs (3 penalties followed by sudden death penalties) will be held to determine the winner. There will be no extra-time accommodated in any of the knockout stage games.

    If a team is unable to meet the minimum player requirements 5 minutes after the scheduled time of the game, the game shall be forfeited to the opposing team. Any forfeit will result in the opposing team getting three points with a score-line of 3-0.

  • Discipline
  • The referee’s decision is final. The flow of the game will only be conducted by the sound of the whistle. Sportsmanship coupled with the enforcement of the laws of the games will enable the referee maintain order and fair play of the game.

    Verbal warnings, yellow cards and red cards have been put in place to curb any conduct unbecoming of a sportsman. These will be used at the referee’s discretion based on the severity of the player(s) actions. This includes but is not limited to the following unwarranted behavior:

  • Unsporting behavior, persistent infringement or time wasting
  • Any arguments against referee’s call
  • Arguments between players
  • Use of any profanity swearing towards another player or referee
  • Use of any obscene gestures
  • Foul play with any malicious intent
  • Any intolerable behavior deemed inappropriate by the referee
  • Yellow/Red Cards
  • A player who is sent off the field of play after accumulation of two yellow cards in the same game will be suspended for the next match in the competition. A direct red card will result in a one game suspension. A second infraction of being sent off in another game by the same player will be referred to the Conflict Resolution Committee.

  • 2 yellow cards will result in one (1) match suspension. The suspension will also apply if the next game is in a subsequent round/cup/league (as applicable for certain categories)
  • A player with one (1) yellow card in the first round will start clean in the subsequent round/cup/league (as applicable for certain categories)
  • The conflict resolution committee has the right to increase the suspension and/or disqualify a player based on the referee’s report
  • Equipment
  • Each team must wear different color jerseys. In the case of color conflicts, one of the teams (based on a coin toss) can borrow the colored pinnies that will be available pitch-side.

    All teams will require having numbers on the back of their jerseys. Players will be required to wear the same number for the entire tournament. Final Registration must be provided before the start of the tournament.

    Goalkeeper’s jersey will be required to be distinct from the outfield players. No caps/hats allowed.

    All soccer shoes are permitted except for soft grounds - No replaceable or metal studs.

    Shin guards are a requirement for all players on the field. Players will not be allowed to play without them.

    No jewelry will be permitted of any kind, even if covered i.e. taped etc. All players are required to wear shin guards.

    Players cannot wear glasses without a strap to secure them to the player

  • Free-Kicks
  • The ball must be stationary before taking a free kick. Intentional encroachment by defenders at the taking of free kicks may result in a yellow card. The free kick could be direct or indirect at the discretion of the referee.

    Direct Free Kicks: If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponent’s goal, a goal is awarded. Direct free kicks will be given in the following circumstances:

  • Kick or attempts to kick an opponent
  • Jumps at an opponent
  • Handles the ball deliberately
  • Holds the opponent
  • Indirect Free Kicks: a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal. Indirect free kicks are awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following circumstances:

  • Takes more than 5 seconds while controlling the ball with his hands before releasing
  • Touched the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a teammate
  • Touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate
  • Throw-Ins
  • A throw-in is awarded to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball when the whole of the ball crosses the touchline, either on the ground or in the air. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

  • Slide Tackles
  • Slide Tackling is taking a ball from an opponent while sliding across on the ground and taking control of the ball by contacting the ball before contacting the opponent. It has been determined that slide tackling inherently puts players in danger and will not be permitted; therefore, no clide tackling will be permitted.

    Note, the Goalkeeper is allowed to clide in an attempt to clear the ball, if in the referees’ judgment, the slide is a deliberate attempt only to make contact with the ball, not the opponent. If Goalkeeper slide is deemed as careless by the referee (a foot in air, a hook, rolling tackle) it is a foul and possibly a bookable offense.

    An outfield player may slide in instances where there is absolutely no opponent close by and no injury is likely to occur. This would most likely happen when a player is attempting to stop the ball from going out of bounds or an offensive player sliding to knock the ball into the goal where there is no other defensive player close to the play. No other exceptions.

  • Substitutions
  • Unlimited substitutions can be made when the ball goes out of play. The referee must permit the substitution. The team in possession of the ball must initiate the substitution, the opposing team can also make substitution once initiated by the team in possession. Injured players can be substituted at any time at the referee’s discretion.

  • Grace Period
  • Teams will have a maximum of 5 minutes as grace period before the game being declared as a forfeit. In any instances of a forfeit, the opposing team would be declared as the winner. The rules around award of points and goals are discussed in a separate section.

  • Offside
  • No offside rules will apply.

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Any complaints/issues during the tournament must be submitted to Sunshine Sports Festival in written format using our website.

    All decisions made by the Conflict Resolution Committee will be reviewed by Sunshine Sports Festival Board prior to the judgement being finalized.

Tennis

  • Format
  • The tournament will consist of singles and doubles. A person who is playing singles can also play doubles and vice versa.

    For both singles and doubles, there will be 2 Divisions, namely, Division 1 "Federer", and Division 2 "Sampras"

    Within each division, all matches (singles and doubles) will be played on a round robin basis in the initial rounds.

    Each match in the initial rounds through Quarter Finals will be played as a normal set (6 games). At 6 games all (6-6), a 7 point tie breaker will be played.

    Semi Finals will be played as a pro-set (8 games). At 7 games all (7-7), a 7 point tie breaker will be played.

    Finals will be played as Best of 3 Sets (6 games). At 6 games all (6-6), a 7 point tie breaker will be played.

    After all the round robin games have been played, each division will be further split into 2 groups namely Group A and Group B.

    The top 4 spots (both singles and doubles) will fall into Group A and the remaining spots will fall into Group B.

    Each group i.e. Group A and Group B will then play the knockout rounds for the winning trophy (singles) / trophies (doubles).

    One point to be assigned for each match won in singles and doubles.

    In the event of a tie on points, the singles/doubles pair with the maximum number of games won will be declared the winner.

    In the event of a tie on points and number of games won, then the singles/doubles pair with the minimum number of games lost will be declared the winner.

    In the event of tie on points, number of games won and minimum number of games lost, then a best of 3 tie break will be played to determine the winner.

  • General Rules
  • Warm up time: 5 mins

    Tennis balls will be provided

    Water, soft drinks will be provided

    No referees in the initial rounds

    Players are required to be on the courts 15 minutes prior to their scheduled matches

    USTA rules apply - Please click on the link below for the USTA rules https://assets-ssl.usta.com/assets/1/15/2015fac-links.5.pdf

    We request that tennis being a gentleman’s sport that sportsmanship and tennis court conduct prevail at all times both on and off the court

    If there are any rain delays, the format will be changed / adjusted accordingly.

    All players who participate in any way in this tournament assume all risks and liabilities; and hold the tournament, tournament organizers, and any tournament representative harmless from loss or damage to personal property or injury.

    Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the rules, format and schedule.

    These Rules are subject to change at any time.

    The Final interpretation of the Rules shall be done by Sunshine Sports Festival 2016 Tennis Committee.

Table Tennis

The rules for Table-Tennis will be in accordance with the current International Table-Tennis Federation (ITTF).

All participants represent their respective City/Jamaat, however, Table-Tennis will be played as an individual sport.

There is no limit to the number of participants.

Table-Tennis will take place indoors, therefore, all participants must wear NON-MARKING indoor shoes.

Table-Tennis Federation (ITTF) approved white balls will be used.

Participants must arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled game.

There will be 2 Levels, Tier 1 (Advanced) and Tier 2 (Intermediary). Those playing a particular level cannot play any other level.

Individual/Doubles players should register for the appropriate level and are welcome to move up to a higher level, however cannot play at a lower level. If your partner is of a different level you must register in the higher level.

There will be Singles and Doubles competition. For Doubles, each pair must submit their names.

A Game consists of 11 points and the person/team to reach 11 points first, wins the game. In case of 10 ALL, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins the game. All matches will consist of Best of 3 (i.e. player who wins 2 games wins the match), except Semis and Finals, which will consist of Best of 5 (i.e. player who wins 3 games wins the match)

If after the round robin, more than one player ends up with the same number of points, the number of games won will decide who goes on top and if the number of games won is also tied, then head-head contest will be the decider.

In Singles the top 2 of each group will compete for Tier 1 cup and the next 2 will compete for Tier 2 cup. There will be a second round robin consisting of 2 pools in each Tier.

The format will be as follows:
• Pool A (Tier 1) – A1, C1, B2, D2
• Pool B (Tier 1) – A2, C2, B1, D1
• Pool A (Tier 2) – A3, C3, B4, D4
• Pool B (Tier 2) – A4, C4, B3, D3
• Top 2 of each go into Semis.

In Doubles, top 2 of Tier 1 play in Finals and top 2 of each pool of Tier 2 play for Semis.

A coin toss or ball-in-hand will decide SIDE or SERVICE.

If a player is unable to finish due to injury or any other reason, or does not show up at the court by a designated time, the opponent will be awarded the game.

If both players are unable to finish the game for any reason, the person with the higher number of points will be awarded the game. If points are equal, the person who holds serve will be awarded the game.

All decisions regarding the match being played are under the referee’s jurisdiction and his decision will be final.

The format and schedule will be announced once registration is complete and will be posted online.

All players must register on the Sunshine Sports Festival website http://www.sunshinesportsfestival.com/registration-individual.html

If you are registering as doubles, please note that both partners must register. You can indicate your partners name in the field provided in the registration process. If you don’t have a partner, we will help you find one.

Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the rules, format and schedule.

These rules are subject to change if required by the organizers, without any notice.

The Final interpretation of the Rules shall be done by Sunshine Sports Festival 2016 Table-Tennis Committee.

Mens Badminton

The rules for Badminton will be in accordance with the current Badminton World Federation (BWF).

All participants represent their respective City/Jamaat, however, Badminton will be played as an individual sport.

There is no limit to the number of participants.

Badminton will take place indoors, therefore, all participants must wear NON-MARKING indoor shoes.

YONEX MAVIS 300 white Nylon shuttles will be used.

Participants must arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled game.

There will be 2 Levels, Tier 1 (Intermediary) and Tier 2 (Casual). Those playing a particular level cannot play any other level.

Individual/Doubles players should register for the appropriate level and are welcome to move up to a higher level, however cannot play at a lower level. If your partner is of a different level you must register in the higher level.

There will be Singles and Doubles competition. For Doubles, each pair must submit their names.

Each Game will consist of 21 points and the player/team to reach 21 points first, wins the game. In case of 20 ALL, the player/team who gains a 2 point lead first, wins the game.

All matches will consist of Best of 1 (i.e. player/team who wins 1 game wins the match) except Semi-Final and Finals, which will be Best of 3 (i.e. player/team who wins 2 games wins the match)

For SINGLES there are 2 Pools each (A & B) in Tier 1 and Tier 2. The top 4 of each pool go into QUARTERS.

For DOUBLES there are also 2 Pools each (A & B) in Tier 1 and Tier 2. The top pair of each pool goes straight into SEMIS and 2nd & 3rd of each pool play criss-cross and winners of that go into SEMIS.

If after the round robin, more than one player ends up with the same number of points, the number of total game points will decide who goes on top and if the total game points is also tied, then head-head contest will be the decider.

A coin toss, racquet spin or shuttle toss will decide SIDE or SERVICE.

If a player is unable to finish due to injury or any other reason, or does not show up at the court by a designated time, the opponent will be awarded the game.

If both players are unable to finish the game for any reason, the person with the higher number of points will be awarded the game. If points are equal, the person who holds serve will be awarded the game.

All decisions regarding the match being played are under the referee’s jurisdiction and his decision will be final.

The format and schedule will be announced once registration is complete and will be posted online.

All players must register on the Sunshine Sports Festival website http://www.sunshinesportsfestival.com/registration-individual.html

If you are registering as doubles, please note that both partners must register. You can indicate your partners name in the field provided in the registration process. If you don’t have a partner, we will help you find one.

Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the rules, format and schedule.

These Rules are subject to change at any time.

The Final interpretation of the Rules shall be done by Sunshine Sports Festival 2016 Badminton Committee.

Golf

  • FORMAT & RULES
  • There shall be two divisions. (division A to be up to 14 Hcp and Div B to be 15 – 24 Hcp).

    Maximum handicap will be 24.

    Tournament will be played on 3⁄4 handicap of the handicap.

    The tournament will be over 4 rounds where the score from Day 1 and Day 4 will count. The best score from day 2 and day 3 will be also counted. The scoring will be based on Stable ford format

    A Rules Committee will be organized and announced for any rules disputes during the rounds. This committee will announce the procedure to follow if there are any disputes.

    All scorecards are to be signed by the golfer and his marker before they are handed in to the organizers.

    Above format may be changed by organizers

    USGA govern all play, except and including the following local rules

    -For a ball hit out of bounds, a provisional will not be hit. Instead, the participant and his playing partners will determine the spot the ball entered out of bounds and drop a ball within two club lengths from the closest point of relief, no closer to the hole, from the spot determined.

    -The same rule applies to a ball hit into a forest or forest like area, if the ball cannot be found after a three minute search.

    -Proper golf attire required.

    -All players who participate in any way with the tournament assume all risks and liabilities; and hold the tournament, tournament organizers, and any tournament representative harmless from loss or damage to personal property or injury.

    -All players at the end of their match MUST sign the scorecard before submitting the scorecard to the tournament official. The scorecard submitted is the final scorecard.

    -Do not sign if there is a ruling question. Any issues regarding the rule must be reported to the respective captain, at the end of the match, who will then, if need be, involve the local PGA Professional for further ruling. Once the ruling has been given, the players will then sign the correct scorecard.

    -Local Golf Course Rules also apply

  • PRIZES
  • Overall Winner
  • Overall Runner- Up
  • A Div Winner
  • A Div Runner up
  • B Div Winner
  • B Div Runner up
  • Day 1 winner
  • Day 2 winner
  • Day 3 winner
  • Day 4 winner
  • Closest to the Pin - Par 3 (each day)
  • Closest approach to the Pin - Par 4 (each day)
  • WHATS INCLUDED
  • Included in the price of $325 are 4 Rounds of Golf,

    Women Volleyball

    • General Rules
    • Volleyballs will be provided during the games.

      All players must wear athletic shoes. No metal, hard plastic, polyurethane spikes, or any shoes with detachable cleats will be allowed. Any other footwear such as boots, sandals, flip flops, etc. are also prohibited.

      Each team will be allowed two (2) one minute timeouts per game. One of the two timeout can be called as a substitution .

      A substitution request may be called to substitute a player who may need to leave the court with one that is not playing in the current game. Only one player may be substituted in the entire game.

      If a team of only 6 players becomes short a player due to medical conditions, emergency, etc., the team may continue play with the remaining players. The minimum players a team may play with due to such circumstances are four players. Teams playing with less than 4 will forfeit the game.

      Players on the serving team may not group or stand in a position that blocks the view of the receiving team.

      Any sort of unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a point given to the opposing team. Examples of this include but are not limited to: Attempts in distracting a player by yelling, stomping of feet, and distracting action, along with profanity on the court.

      The referee’s ruling on a play is final.

      The Tournament Committee Officials reserve the right to modify these rules at any time.

    • Team Structure
    • Each team must have a designated captain. Co-captains are recommended, however not mandatory.

      Participation is limited to only currently enrolled teams.

      Teams: Each team must have 6 players enrolled on the roster and playing on the court at one time. A maximum of 8 players may be on a team. If an emergency situation occurs, and a player is unable to play on a team of only 6 players, the team may play with the remaining players on the court. Due to these circumstances, a minimum of 4 is required on the court during the game. If a team has less than 4 players during a scheduled game, that team will forfeit the game. The Festival Committee will determine the exceptions for this rule.

      During games, all communications with the referee must be done by the Team Captain.

    • The Game
    • A coin toss between team captains will determine which team has the first choice of either of the following

      The side of the court on which to play

      First service of the ball in the game.

      The ball must never come in resting contact with any player. The ball must be clearly hit, not thrown, lifted, tossed, or held.

      The ball must pass over the net inside the boundary lines to be legal.

      A ball landing on any boundary lines are considered inbound.

      A ball hitting the ceiling or wall may be played if the ball remains on the playing team’s side of the court and they still have remaining hits. If the ball enters the opposing teams side, it is considered out.

      Each team is entitled to a maximum of three contacts before returning it to the opponent. A player cannot contact the ball consecutively.

      The receiving team is prohibited from blocking or spiking a served ball

      Any player may not take support or utilize another player, or object in order to reach the ball.

      Any player about to commit a fault may be held back or stopped by another player.

      All players on both teams other than the server must be inside the boundaries at the time of service. Every player must remain in their starting positions until after the serve is delivered. Switching positions can only be done after the service.

      If two opponents simultaneously and instantaneously contact the ball over the net, the ball remains in play, and the team receiving the ball is entitled to an additional three hits.

      If such a ball lands out of bounds it is the fault of the team on the opposite side of the net from where the ball lands.

      A joust (occurs when players of opposing teams simultaneously touch the ball on the neutral zone above the net) is legal, and should be continued. The joust will be considered one contact, and will be eligible for an additional three contacts once the ball goes over the net. The players involved in the joust are eligible to participate in the hit directly after the joust occurrence.

      If two or players on the same team make contact with the ball simultaneously, it is considered one contact, however none of the players involved can participate in the next contact.

    • The Net and Center Line
    • The ball may touch the net while crossing over at any time

      A ball driven into the net, other than on service, may be recovered within the limits of the teams three contacts.

      If a player reaches over the net, a foul shall be called except in the following instances:

      A player reaches over the net for a follow-through

      If a player in an attempt to block reaches over the net for a follow through, whether the ball is touched or not, provided some part of the ball has crossed the net on the blockers’ side prior to the follow through occurring.

      During an attempt to block, the ball is hit with such force that it causes the net to move under the fingers or hand of the blocker.

      A player may not reach under the net and touch the ball or a player on the opposing team when the ball is in play on the opponents side of the court.

      A player may touch the floor across the center line with one or both feet/hands provided a part of the foot/feet/hands remain on or above the center line, and if the crossing does not interfere with the opposing teams play. If a part of the foot/feet/hands cross over entirely, the point will be lost to the opposing team.

      Contact of any part of the body with the net at any point in the game is considered a foul, except in the following circumstances:

      In an attempt to block or spike the ball, the player touches the net on a follow through, whether or not they touch the ball provided some part of the ball has crossed the net on the blockers’ side before the follow through occurs

      During an attempt to block, the ball is hit with such force that it causes the net to move under the fingers or hand of the blocker

      A player may cross the extension of the center line outside the court at any time provided they do not interfere with the opposing teams’ play.

    • Service
    • The server may move and serve freely from behind the rear boundary line

      The ball must be hit with one hand or any part of the arm after being tossed or released from the hand.

      If the server releases the ball for service, however, does not attempt to complete the service motion, a replay may be awarded. A player may only be awarded this once during any one term of service. Any additional attempts will result in a point awarded to the opposing team.

      The server must hit the ball within 8 seconds after the referee first whistles and/or signals for service.

      A service executed before the referee’s whistle is cancelled and repeated.

      The server may not step onto the court (this includes the boundary line) until after she has contacted the ball.

      A serve is legal if it hits the net, goes over, and proceeds to land inbound on the opponents’ side of the court.

      Players on the serving team are prohibited from grouping or standing in a position that blocks the view of the serve for the receiving team.

    • Rotation
    • The team rotates clockwise

      Service must be done by the player in the back right position from behind the court boundary.

      The team rotates when the point is gained back after a losing point;

      The player in serving position continues service until their teams’ point is lost.

      If a player is discovered serving out of order, or the rotation is changed during the game, any points obtained by that team during the illegal serve or rotation will be awarded to the opposing team. The original rotation must be corrected immediately.

      If there are more than 6 players on a team, the player in service position must substitute out. The substitute player coming in rotation must come in to the back center position.

      The order of rotation specified by the starting lineup must be maintained throughout the game.

    Women Badminton

    The rules for Badminton will be in accordance with the current Badminton World Federation (BWF)

    Badminton will take place indoors, therefore, all participants must wear NON-MARKING

    YONEX MAVIS 350 white Nylon shuttles will be used.

    Teams are divided into two Pools. Every team will play against every other team within their Pool.

    A coin toss, racquet spin or shuttle toss will decide SIDE or SERVICE.

    There will be best of 2 match (each match comprising of 2 games).

    There will be a cap of 15 minutes per game during round robin matches. At the end of 15 minutes, the team that is leading will win the game. If there is a tie, the team with service on hand wins. There will be no time limit in the playoffs. The second game will start within two minutes of the conclusion of the first game.

    A game consists of 21 points and the first team to reach 21 points wins the game. However, in case of 20 ALL, the team that gains 2-point lead first wins the game. At 29 ALL, the team scoring the 30th point wins the game.

    In order to play the match, BOTH players must be on the court for each team.

    If a team is unable to finish due to injury or any other reason, or does not show up at the court within 5 minutes of the start time, the opponent will be awarded the game.

    If both teams are unable to finish the game for any reason beyond the team’s control, the person with the higher number of points will be awarded the game. If points are equal, the person who holds serve will be awarded the game.

    All decisions regarding the match being played are under the referee’s jurisdiction and her decision will be final.

    Points system will be awarded as follows:
    o The team winning the match 2-0 will be awarded 3 points while the losing team will not get any points
    o If the teams split the match 1-1 each team will be awarded 1 point.
    o The team not showing up for lines judging may be subjected to a loss of 1/2 point.

    At the end of Round Robin matches, top 4 teams from each Pool will advance to single elimination playoffs.

    If the teams are tied on points then following will be determined to decide the tie-breaker:

    o For a two-way tie:
    • Head-to-head match result
    • If head-to-head was a tie, the tie-break winner will be the team that conceded least number of points total in both games in the head-to-head game
    • If the points conceded is a tie then the tie-break winner would the team that won the first game

    o For more than two-way tie:
    • Least number of total conceded will determine

    o If the above tie-break does not determine than an additional one game of 15 points will be played to determine.

    All playoffs single elimination matches will be best of 3 matches. Winner will move on and loser will be eliminated.

    All matches will be refereed by the official referees appointed for the tournament.

    Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the rules, format and schedule.

    These Rules are subject to change at any time.

    The Final interpretation of the Rules or to resolve any dispute shall be done by official referees appointed.